Friday, June 17, 2016

Three day training course in vegetable crops held at PAU

LUDHIANA: A three-day training course on "Latest Production, Protection and Post-Harvest Techniques for Fruit and Vegetable Crops" concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The horticulture development officers, district extension specialists and scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendras attended the course, held under the guidance of R.S. Sidhu, Director of Extension Education.

The fruit science experts highlighted the current scenario and future prospects of fruit cultivation in Punjab. Besides, they educated the trainees about management practices, high density planting and crop regulation in citrus; nursery production in fruit crops; and latest production technologies of mango, guava, litchi, pomegranate, phalsa, sapota, loquat, etc. In addition, experts informed about harvesting, post-harvest handling and marketing of citrus fruits; scope of banana in Punjab; processing and preservation of seasonal fruits and vegetables for value addition; technology for sugar based fruit and vegetable products; and management practices for control of insects-pests and diseases in fruit crops.

The vegetable science experts highlighted the scope of vegetable cultivation in Punjab; and dwelt on healthy nursery production and cultivation of vegetables under low tunnels; technology for hybrid seed production, processing and storage of vegetable seeds. Apart from this, they shed light on production and post-harvest techniques in onion, brinjal, cauliflower, tomato, chili and bell pepper; and production and post-harvest handling of potato, muskmelon, pea, garlic, okra and bottle gourd. The course was coordinated by the experts namely T.S. Riar and Kulvir Kaur whereas it was technically coordinated by J.S. Brar and Ruma Devi.

Source : TOI

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